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Keeping a Local Focus

The middle of summer is often a busy time. For my duties as ANC 1C03 commissioner, this year was no exception. Even though our official ANC 1C meeting schedule is lighter until the fall, the summer of 2023 has provided no shortage of issues to address.


Public safety—particularly as it relates to random and non-random acts of violence in public spaces—continues to remain at the forefront of neighborhood conversations. That's on top of other matters like ABCA's pending decision on the Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone, serious concerns over living conditions in 1841 Columbia Road, incoming small businesses, park maintenance, pedestrian safety, and other general responsibilities as ANC chairperson.


In mid-July, I testified at a special hearing ABCA held to gather public commentary regarding the potential expiration of the Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone


Let's assess what happened in July 2023, look forward to August 2023, meet our organization + business in focus, and see this month's video briefing.

WHAT WE DID
  • Supported (8-0) proposed testimony to be representative of ANC 1C at ABCA's July 13 hearing on the Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone

    • I wrote and delivered this testimony to the ABCA ABC Board

    • You can read an accompanying editorial piece I co-authored on the matter in the DC Line

  • Supported (8-0) a resolution regarding sexual harassment prevention and allegation response in DC government

    • I wrote this resolution with support from other Commissions in DC which have passed or are considering passing similar measures

  • Spoke with 7News and the Washington Post about a fatal shooting that took place on the Marie Reed Elementary soccer field

  • Participated in a panel discussion at the Capital Fringe Festival following a play about the tragedy at the former Knickerbocker Theater

  • Testified at a DC Board of Elections hearing in favor of letting residents vote on a proposal for ranked choice voting and open primaries

  • Signed letter urging DC officials prevent the transfer of an incarcerated ANC commissioner from the DC Jail to an out-of-state facility

    • Unfortunately, these efforts were not enough and this commissioner was relocated, making them no longer eligible to serve



WHAT'S UP NEXT
  • ANC 1C is on recess for the month of August, with meetings resuming in September

  • August 2, 9, 16, 23: Kalorama Park will host free outdoor music performances


KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS

Organization in focus: Jubilee Jobs

When they began: 1981

What they do: Assist employers and job seekers through the hiring process

Mission: "provide professional, compassionate job placement into marketplace jobs for persons eager and ready to work."

How you can help: Donate, volunteer, or attend one of their events



Business in focus: Jesiree's Chop House and Lounge

Industry: Food and beverage

Address: 2434 18th St NW

In Adams Morgan since: 2023

Though beef on the grill is their main staple, be sure to explore their West African dishes too



If you would like to nominate an Adams Morgan business or DC organization (including your own!) to be featured in a future month's update, message me here

See a reference or abbreviation you don't understand? Look it up in my ANC key term index

Don't miss August's video update! Always about 1 minute long; this month's topic is the overdose crisis




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